Eight Steps Q&A

Eight Steps Q&A: Samantha Pressdee

Published on Saturday 10 August 2019

Comedian Samantha Pressdee offers some tips on how to get the most from the Edinburgh Festival, in eight steps…

1: Beyond posters and reviews, how do you suggest people pick shows to see at this year’s Fringe?
Close your eyes, open the Fringe brochure at a random page and then spit on it. Go see the person who’s face you’ve just spat on. It’s only fair that you show them some support after what you’ve just done!

2: What tips have you got for people trying to see as many shows as possible in one day – how can you power through?
Book shows consecutively that are geographically close. Meditate in between the shows. Get up from your seat just before the show starts and do the yogic power pose in the aisle followed by the downward dog.

3: When people are reaching peak Fringe, what tips do you have for chilling out during the Festival?
Go for a massage. There is nothing more relaxing in my opinion. If you don’t have time for a massage, there is always wine!

4: What things do you think should be on every Fringe-goers Edinburgh Festival bucket list?
Climb Arthur’s seat (though I still haven’t got around to it!) Go see the Military Tattoo (though again, still not ticked off on my list!) Gatecrash an industry party (I have done this!)

5: Beyond the flyer, what tips have you got for performers trying to get people into their shows?
Track them down on social media! Find people looking for show recommendations on Twitter and recommend yourself. If you are not comfortable selling yourself create a spy account. Go undercover.

6: The Fringe can be great for finding a new audience. What tips would you have for staying connected with that new audience beyond Edinburgh?
Ask them to follow you on social media. I did try starting a mailing list, but I never got around to doing the admin before GDPR came in. You could do that if you are good at admin.

7: Performing at the Fringe is partly about building a network. What tips have you got for people looking to make connections in the industry?
Visit the performers bars and chat to people in there. Ask your peers for introductions. Just be nice to everyone.

8: How would you recommend performers stay healthy during all the Fringe madness?
Raid Holland & Barrett! Eat curry and drink lots of water. Go to a yoga class or take advantage of some of the free workshops Fringe Central has on offer such as massage, mindful Mondays and mental health first aid.

Samantha Pressdee is performing ‘Covered’ at PQA Venues @ Riddle’s Court until 26 Aug.

Photo: Steve Ullthorne